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TBS is headed south: The cable network announced on Tuesday that it has ordered a Key West-road-trip comedy pilot from Daily Show correspondents (and real-life spouses) Jason Jones and Samantha Bee, with the former starring in the prospective series. Based on the couple's experiences with family trips, the show will center on the adventures of a father (Jones), mother, and their two young kids who head out on the highway for a 24-hour journey to Key West. Jones and Bee are writing the pilot script. Should the show earn a series pick-up, each season would focus on a different trip. »
- Dan Snierson
Hundreds of photographs, papers, and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection today, including items from the popular TV show Will and Grace . Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, along with NBC, are donating objects to the National Museum of American History. The collection includes original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale. The network agreed to donate props, including a pill bottle and flask, a sign from "Grace Adler Interior Design," and Will Truman's framed college diploma. Kohan tells the »
In 2012, CBS premiered a new show about two odd-couple male pals. It was called Partners, and on the surface, it seemed to have everything going for it—a prime slot following How I Met Your Mother, a great pedigree courtesy of two ’90s sitcom wizards (it was created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan of Will & Grace fame), two charismatic stars (Michael Urie and David Krumholtz). Even so, Partners failed to gain traction. Critics griped that its old-fashioned jokes were tired rather than appealingly retro; just a few weeks into the 2012-2013 TV season, it became one of the first shows to get the ax. »
- Hillary Busis
ABC Studios is selling a diverse slate of new hours as well as a trio of unique comedies.
On the drama side, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “The Whispers” may hold the most global appeal, but others have potential as well.
“Agent Carter,” the second series from Marvel in the last two years, follows Peggy Carter in 1946 as she balances her administrative work with embarking on secret missions for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve). It should hold more appeal for women than last year’s “Agents of Shield.”
In “Whispers,” aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination — our children. As the kids unwittingly help these unseen enemies, the clock counts down in a race to save humanity.
- Variety Staff
TBS has unveiled first look previews of some of its upcoming new comedy series. Briefly: Angie Tribeca – From creators Steve Carell and Nancy Carell, this comedic spoof of police procedurals stars Rashida Jones and revolves around an eccentric but brilliant group of Lapd detectives. Buzzy’s – An ensemble comedy from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick about a group of misfits from high school who work together in a local barbershop in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Ashley Tisdale and Lauren Lapkus star. Your Family or Mine – Based on the popular Israeli comedy, this show tells the story of a young couple, focusing on a different aspect of their family each week. Kyle Howard and Kat Foster star, with Richard Dreyfuss and JoBeth Williams playing the in-laws. Hit the jump to watch the aforementioned trailers, and if you missed them, check out trailers for new series from Fox and ABC. Angie Tribeca »
- Adam Chitwood
Here are the first look at TBS‘ new comedies and dramas as part of the 2014-2015 series orders. The network has made full trailers available now that Turner’s upfront presentation is getting underway in NY. Check them out: Angie Tribeca – Comedy Produced by Warner Horizon, Conaco and Carousel TV. From executive producer/writer/director Steve Carell and executive producers Nancy Carell, Campbell Smith and Thom Hinkle. Buzzy’s – Comedy Produced by Warner Horizon and KoMut Entertainment. From executive producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. Your Family Or Mine – Comedy Produced by Sony Pictures TV Fanfare Productions, Keshet International and Teddy Productions. From executive producers Greg Malins, Jamie Tarses, Rubi Duanias, Yaniv Polishuk, Avi Nir, Ran Telem and Tamira Yardeni. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
TBS has canceled workplace comedy “Men at Work” after three seasons. Though the series drew 2.6 million viewers when it premiered in 2012, its final season finale had less than a million tuned in. Heading into upfronts — TBS will unveil its 2014-2015 lineup to advertisers Wednesday as part of Turner’s presentation — the network also renewed “Cougar Town” for a sixth and final season.
TBS’ new pickups include “Angie Tribeca,” starring Rashida Jones and produced by Steve Carell; “Buzzy’s,” from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick; and “Your Family Or Mine,” starring Kyle Howard, Kat Foster and Richard Dreyfuss. The cabler has also acquired “American Dad” from Fox for an 11th season.
“Men at Work” was created by Breckin Meyer (who headlines TNT’s “Franklin & Bash” alongside Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and starred Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, James Lesure and Michael Cassidy, produced by Sony Pictures TV and Fanfare.
- Laura Prudom
The last piece in TBS’ lineup has come together heading into the upfronts, with the network cancelling comedy series Men At Work after three seasons. It was one of two original TBS series left on the bubble. The other, Cougar Town, was renewed for a sixth and final season yesterday. That follows last week’s pickups of new comedy series Angie Tribeca, from Steve Carell; Buzzy’s, from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick; and Your Family Or Mine, from Greg Malins and Men at Work producers Sony TV and Fanfare. Men at Work creator Breckin Meyer also remains in business with Turner. He stars in TNT dramedy Franklin & Bash, also from Sony/Fanfare, which returns for Season 4 this summer. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The cable channel has ordered 10 episodes for a 2015 debut.
Here's their press release:
TBS Greenlights "Buzzy's," Workplace Comedy from Creators of "Will & Grace"
TBS has greenlit the workplace comedy Buzzy's, the latest series from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the Emmy(R)-winning creators of Will & Grace. Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), Mike Castle (Family Trap), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black), Ryan Pinkston (Tower Prep), Matt Cook (True Blood) and six-time Emmy(R) nominee George Wendt (Cheers) star in the ensemble comedy, which comes to TBS from KoMut »
Hgtv was planning on airing a new house-flipping show, Flip It Forward. However, following a revelation by Right Wing Watch that the proposed show’s hosts had a history of religious bigotry, stalking an abortion doctor and anti-gay activities like protesting pride celebrations. Hgtv has cancelled the show.
Let’s start with the good news. Despite rumors that Fox might give in to the powerful influence of producer Seth MacFarlane, Fox has decided to cancel the offensive, unfunny Dads. Unfortunately, there’s also bad news — the promising and endearing Enlisted (also the Chris Meloni sitcom Surviving Jack, which inspired strong feelings in few people). In worse news for comedy, the network also passed on two promising-sounding pilots, Dead Boss and Fatrick. Fatrick reunited Ray Ford with Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Kajhan. Dead Boss was a remake of a British comedy with Jane Krakowski and Amy Sedaris. »
- Lyle Masaki
TBS announced today that it has picked up three new comedies, including one produced by Steve and Nancy Carell and starring Rashida Jones. That show, Angie Tribeca, is a single-camera comedy about a cop (Jones) in the Lapd's "Rhcu," or Really Heinous Crimes Unit. Also picked up were the barbershop-set Buzzy, from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, and the family sitcom Your Family or Mine, from Greg Malins. All three shows should premiere in 2015, which sounds like a long time from now but really isn't. »
- Margaret Lyons
TBS has greenlit the workplace comedy "Buzzy's," the latest series from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the Emmy-winning creators of "Will & Grace". Ashley Tisdale ("High School Musical"), Mike Castle ("Family Trap"), Lauren Lapkus ("Orange Is the New Black"), Ryan Pinkston ("Tower Prep"), Matt Cook ("True Blood") and six-time Emmy nominee George Wendt ("Cheers") star in the ensemble comedy, which comes to TBS from KoMut Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. »
TBS is loading up on workplace comedies. Following its pickup of Steve and Nancy Carell’s cop comedy Angie Tribeca this morning, the cable network also has ordered to series Buzzy’s, an ensemble multi-camera workplace comedy from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. Also picked up to series is Your Family Or Mine, a family comedy from Friends alum Greg Malins. Both are 10-episode orders. The other pilot from the current batch, Untapped, aka Living The Dream, is not going forward. Most of TBS’ current comedy series are workplace: Sullivan & Son, Ground Floor and Men At Work. There is no decision yet on the future of Men At Work as well as boozie single-camera comedy series Cougar Town. Related: Police Comedy ‘Angie Tribeca’ Gets TBS Series Order Buzzy’s marks Kohan and Mutchnick’s first cable series. It revolves around a group of kids from high school, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Carell and his wife Nancy wrote the pilot for “Tribeca,” the single-cam half-hour that is a satire of police procedural shows, with Jones (pictured) playing an Lapd officer.
“Buzzy’s” revolves around a group of high school friends who work at a hair salon in Massachusetts. Kohan and Mutchnick exec produce for Warner Horizon TV. Ashley Tisdale, George Wendt and Lauren Lapkus star.
“Your Family Or Mine” is based on a Keshet format about »
- Cynthia Littleton
Steve Carell and his wife Nancy just sold a series to TBS.
The cable net has given a thumbs-up to Angie Tribeca, which will be a satire on police procedurals. The single-camera comedy will star Rashida Jones and will revolve around an eccentric group of Los Angeles detectives. Jones plays Angie Tribeca, a lone wolf who’s capable, committed, strong and not thrilled when her boss (Jere Burns, Justified) tells her she has to work with a new partner.
- Lynette Rice
Cheers alum George Wendt and Ashley Tisdale are set to co-star in David Kohan and Max Mutchnick‘s multi-camera untitled barbershop comedy pilot at TBS. Also cast in the untitled workplace comedy is Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black). The project revolves around a group of kids who ran in different circles in high school but now all work together at Buzzy’s Barbershop in Charlestown, Ma. Their dreams may lie across the Charles River in Boston, but for now, their work, their lives, their loves and their worries remain in the town they grew up in. Wendt, repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Amt Artists, will play Buzzy, the barbershop’s former owner, a nice guy who’s always up for a conversation. But he has one tragic flaw: He’s an inveterate gambler. Tisdale, repped by UTA and Perlman Management, will play Danni, a barber at Buzzy »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Punk’d alum Ryan Pinkston (Bad Santa) and Groundlings Matt Cook (Harry’s Law) and Mike Castle have been cast as leads in TBS‘ multi-camera ensemble workplace comedy pilot from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. The untitled project (aka Buzzy’s, Clipsters) is about a group of kids from high school who ran in different circles but now all work together at a local Charlestown, Ma barbershop called Buzzy’s. Their dreams may lie across the Charles River in Boston, but for now, their work, their lives, their loves and their worries remain in the town they grew up in. Pinkston, repped by Pakula/King & Associates, Principato-Young and Lev Ginsburg, plays Ben, the greedy owner of Buzzy’s, who is always trying to squeeze an extra penny out of his business and appears to be unaware that all his employees know and despise his shopworn manipulative ploys. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
John Travolta says “Let It Go,” an inside look at PrEP, Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade compromise fails
Stephen Fry is set to host a musical gay wedding for Channel 4 to celebrate the beginning of marriage equality. The couple, Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor are writing the music for the special themselves.
Can you guess the heavy metal crotch? The 1980s MTV really should have been in high definition.
Gawker has a fascinating (and long) story about PrEP from an author that tried it for a while, based on the behavior that he said was “always safe” with some slipups. It’s a great piece on condoms vs. PrEP, Truvada shaming, effectiveness, and the fact that if condoms were actually working, we wouldn’t be looking for things like PrEP with Truvada. The poor author is being slut shamed in the comments brutally for having an honest discussion. »
- Ed Kennedy
There seems to be plenty of strong reactions to last night‘s How I Met Your Mother, fueling a certain fan theory about how the series ends. I’m still rooting for the show ending in divorce, that’s the only way I can justify the way they’ve made Ted such a jerk this season.
Virginia Madsen has joined the cast of NBC’s revised Babylon Fields pilot. Madsen’s career choices have been oddly hit-and-miss (anyone remember Scoundrels?) I’m hoping this is one of her better shows.
TBS has ordered a pilot of Clippers, a comedy from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. The series follows a group who participated in different social circles in high school but now work together in a barber shop.
- Lyle Masaki
“Will & Grace” creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick have received a pilot order for an untitled comedy from TBS. The ensemble comedy revolves around a group of kids from high school, who ran in different circles, but now all work together at a local Charlestown, Mass. barbershop called “Buzzy’s.” Their dreams may lie across the Charles River in Boston, but for now, their work, their lives, their loves and their worries remain in the town they grew up in. Also read: Rashida Jones to Star in Steve Carell's TBS Comedy ‘Tribeca’ Kohan and Mutchnick are scripting the pilot, »
- Tim Kenneally
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